As part of the Women’s Financial Inclusion Community of Practice’s work supporting data and measurement, CGAP hosted a webinar in collaboration with IPA and J-PAL to highlight J-PAL’s new research resource, A Practical Guide to Measuring Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in Impact Evaluations, which aimed to provide guidance on how to measure women and girls’ empowerment, with strategies for developing good quantitative data collection instruments, including surveys and non-survey instruments.
This joint webinar highlighted the process for developing measurement instruments and examples of relevant indicators for financial inclusion that can be measured and tracked by a range of stakeholders. Some of the themes covered were:
The importance of formative research in defining the empowerment context.
The tension between globally comparative and locally meaningful indicators.
The potential added value of a high level women’s economic empowerment framework for financial inclusion.
A Practical Guide to Measuring Women's and Girls' Empowerment PDF
Danielle Moore Institution: Financial Inclusion Program, IPA As Program Manager, Nellie oversees the Financial Services for the Poor Initiative's competitive fund and coordinates knowledge management for priority themes within financial inclusion, including gender and climate change. Prior to joining the Financial Inclusion Program, Nellie managed a portfolio of five studies in health, agriculture, and girls education with IPA's office in Zambia and conducted monitoring and evaluation for road safety projects with the AIP Foundation in Southeast Asia. She holds a Masters in Development Practice from Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and International Affairs from Northeastern University.
Claire Walsh Institution: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT Claire leads J-PAL's Government Partnership Initiative, a global fund to support governments in harnessing data and evidence to drive innovation and improve public policy. Claire also leads J-PAL's Environment & Energy team and works on J-PAL's Gender Sector, focusing on approaches to measuring women's empowerment. She previously served as interim Deputy Director of J-PAL Southeast Asia in Jakarta. Claire holds an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where she specialized in Development Economics and International Business Relations and a B.A. in Anthropology from Vassar College. Prior to joining J-PAL in 2012, she worked for NGOs working to improve the quality of education and employment opportunities for youth in East Africa.
Lucia Diaz-Martin Institution: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT Lucia Diaz-Martin is a Senior Policy Associate at J-PAL at MIT where she manages J-PAL's Gender sector. In this role, she conducts policy analysis and outreach focused on evidence from J-PAL evaluations related to gender equality and women's and girls' empowerment. Prior to joining J-PAL, Lucia worked for Pro Mujer, a Latin American microfinance and women's development organization, and at Habitat for Humanity's Guatemala headquarters. Lucia has an MPA from Columbia University focusing on economic and political development along with gender and public policy. She also holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Yale University.
Deena Burjorjee, Moderator Institution: CGAP Deena Burjorjee is co-facilitator of the Women’s Financial Inclusion Community of Practice and Lead of the Data and Measurement Working Group. She has over 20 years of experience working on access to finance issues, with a focus on women’s financial inclusion, responsible finance, and market systems facilitation. Ms. Burjorjee is a Middle East and North Africa expert. She has worked in the region since 1997, where she has managed projects and advised governments and donor agencies on policy reform to promote inclusive financial sector development and facilitated national consultative processes in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Palestine, and Tunisia.